What clues do paleo food webs hold for modern ecosystems?

Modern, historical, and paleontological food webs share a remarkable degree of structural similarity, suggesting we might be able to predict and even influence modern food web responses to perturbations such as species extinctions, according to two SFI scientists in American Scientist.

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Workshop: Rethinking the power grid

With the nation’s power grid under increasing stress by a number of forces, the business of delivering electricity is in need of a rethink, if not an overhaul. A workshop at SFI this week asks what the future grid might look like.

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NSF grant to bolster women’s participation in computer science

The National Science Foundation recently awarded a three-year, $144,054 grant to SFI’s Learning Lab Director Irene Lee and New Mexico State University to collaboratively establish a computer science education program in New Mexico called YOGUTC: Young women Growing Up Thinking Computationally.

 
 
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Paper: Geometry's least-packable shapes

In a new paper, SFI Omidyar Fellow Yoav Kallus takes a small but significant step in understanding mathematical shape-packing while addressing an old conjecture about which shapes pack least well.

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How multicellular life persisted

SFI Omidyar Fellow Eric Libby and co-author William Ratcliff explore how early multicellular life might have persisted amidst the evolutionary tug-of-war between single-celled and multi-celled living arrangements.

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